Coyote Swap Rat Rod F-100 Is Our Kind of Build

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Coyote swap 5.0 F-100 F100

Who says you can’t have it all? This truck has a Coyote swap and air conditioning and heat and…

Some folks love the old mantra “they don’t build them like thy used to.” And, we have to agree, it’s a pretty accurate statement. Mostly it’s a statement used to describe style, and a rugged toughness, but not really used when it comes to engines. Put a new engine in a good ole’ truck, and you have a winning combo. Make it a rat rod while you’re at it and you get a 1953 F-100 show stopper.

This Coyote swap F-100 is our kind of truck, and not just because of the power plant under the hood, but everything else that comes with it. Don’t let the patina paint and ratty look fool you, as this car has a lot of sound deadening/insulation added, plus Vintage air conditioning and heat. To match the engine, newer Mustang gauges have been incorporated into the dash, along with the tastefully done “Ford” logo wood bed liner. While it has everything you need, don’t forget it’s still a rat rod at heart, so the blending of new features in an old truck has a few rough edges. But that’s part of the appeal, right?

Under the chassis is just as impressive with a fully boxed frame and Crown Vic front end. Coilover suspension out back means it can handle any sort of twist and turn, and is mated to a 4 link suspension and 8.8 Ford rear end. Power is sent to back axle from the Coyote swap via a T82 6-speed transmission. 2017 Mustang wheels and tires place that power and control on the ground on all four corners.

While the Raptor and other lifted Fords are awesome in their own right, a lot of credit should be given to builds like these.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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